Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Creating Transition Books

transition book collage
When a student is transitioning from one campus to another, I have my students create books about themselves. This is done in their own words and I have them use the books as they do an in-service on themselves at their new campus.
Typical books include:
  •   Cover page with image of student
  •   An example of 20/20 vision and the student’s vision
  •   Recommendations
The other pages that are added are what the student feels needs to be added. These are all directed by the student. If they’ve made a book before, they know what they want to add or delete.
 *   An about me page
  *   List of equipment used (can include photos and description of it)
  *   Teacher recommendations
  *   Job duties of a one-on-one paraprofessional
  *   Sample of student writing

Cover Page

Smiley face with glasses
My name is Student X. I will be a 6th grader at Satter Middle school fall of  2013. I have a visual impairment. My acuities are 20/270. 

Sample About Me Page

 reading brailleI like to play ball and I like to do art. I also love math and science. I need my paper enlarged. I also need someone to write for me. I am a very nice girl and I love school and I love my teachers. I also do braille. I don’t like it when people pressure me to do stuff. My feelings are very sensitive. I don’t like to get in trouble or being yelled at. I like to run in PE. I love music and computer lab. I don’t like to be mean, but love to be nice.  


My Visual Impairment

two images comparing normal vision to what student can see

Students describes what they can see.


braille note and quotation from student

In order to access the curriculum, I need the following equipment: 

  1. CCTV
  2. Large print textbooks/tests
  3. Enlarged materials (150% enlargement)
  4. Large font on computer (46 point)
  5. Perkins brailler
  6. Braille note taking device
  7. Bookport (for auditory books)
  8. Kindle (personal device)
This activity is not one that is done in a couple sessions. We take months to do this. We typically start the writing of it in January as the students are the ones typing their ‘book’ and they learn how to insert photos into the document. While their English teachers have considered this a writing activity that they receive credit for, it is more an ECC activity to me. The students solicit information from their teachers, parents, and even their eye doctors.
creating transition book collage



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Cool idea!

Posted by Linda Brown

Re: Cool Idea

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter


Posted by Caitlyn

Posted on April 18, 2014
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Creating Transition Books

Caitlyn commented on April 20, 2014

This sounds really neat! I only have elementary students at this point, but I could see how this could be beneficial to them. With less than 2 months of school left, I think I'll start off the school year with this project. Oh, thank you for this wonderful suggestion!

Liz Eagan Satter commented on April 19, 2014

Depending on the age of the student and how much they know about their eye condition, you could probably get a good book together. I prefer to have my student do most of the work, so you could assign them homework to do some of it and then edit it together. Please feel free to contact me if need any assistance. It's a fun activity that helps the student be more of their own advocate while educating their educational team...

Linda Brown commented on April 19, 2014

I love this idea! I wonder if I'll have enough time to create this in the 2 months left of school? Perhaps I'll see how much we can get done before school is out...